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Dying Mom’s Video of Hospital Staff Taunting Her Sparks Outrage Over Racism in Canada: Reports

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The death of an indigenous woman in the Canadian province of Quebec is sparking outcry and investigations after a shocking video showed her being verbally abused by hospital staff — and many believe it was racially motivated, according to multiple reports.

A heartbreaking livestream by Joyce Echaquan before her death on Monday depicts hospital staff members near her as she cried out in pain at Lanaudière Integrated Health and Social Services Center (CISSS) in Joliette. Echaquan’s Facebook Live footage — which was reviewed by local outlets and could be disturbing to some viewers — was publicly shared by Journal Métro and reportedly features nurses insulting the 37-year-old mother in French.

“You made some bad choices, my dear,” one of the nurses was recorded saying, according to The Guardian‘s translation. “What are your children going to think, seeing you like this?”

“She’s good at having sex, more than anything else,” another nurse said, according to the outlet.

One nurse was heard calling Echaquan “stupid as hell,” Canada’s CBC Television reported.

Echaquan’s husband, Carol Dubé, told the outlet that he believes the nurses meant to humiliate his wife.

“I have seven children who find themselves without a mother,” Dubé said. “I am sad. I am so sad.”

In a statement to PEOPLE, CISSS announced one of the two nurses who were recorded in Echaquan’s video has been fired.

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According to CBC, Echaquan was complaining of stomach pains when she arrived at the hospital two days before her death. A family member told the outlet she suffered from various health conditions and did not trust the hospital due to previous experiences.

“She always said, at the hospital, they never did anything,” Sebastien Moar, Echaquan’s cousin, told CBC. “They just made sure she wasn’t hurting. She always had appointments and she said the nurses seemed fed up with her.”

Two separate investigations — a coroner’s inquiry and an administrative probe — have been launched, the outlet added, citing the Quebec government.

Because she was a member of the Atikamekw people, a community of indigenous inhabitants in Quebec, some believe Echaquan’s treatment was seeded in racism.

“Joyce Echaquan went to the hospital for medical help. Instead, she was told she’s stupid, only good for sex and she would be better off dead as she pleaded for help before dying,” read a statement from the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

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“This racism in the health care system is deeply disturbing and unacceptable,” the group added.

This sentiment was echoed by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who called the hospital staff’s actions proof of “systemic racism” in the country.

“This is yet another example of systemic racism. It is quite simply unacceptable in Canada,” Trudeau said, according to the Toronto Star.

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outcry after video shows hospital staff taunting dying Indigenous woman



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A shocking video showing hospital staff in Canada taunting a dying Indigenous woman has left a community in mourning and renewed calls for the country to confront the realities of systemic racism.

Joyce Echaquan, a 37-year-old Atikamekw woman, arrived at a hospital in the Quebec city of Joliette on Monday, complaining of stomach pain.

The mother of seven had previously suffered similar issues and told staff she had a heart condition. Echaquan started livestreaming her experience on Facebook as her pain escalated, and staff at the hospital appeared indifferent to her pleas for help.



a group of people sitting on a bed: People attend a vigil in front of the hospital where Joyce Echaquan died in Joliette, Quebec, on 29 September.


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People attend a vigil in front of the hospital where Joyce Echaquan died in Joliette, Quebec, on 29 September.

In the footage, Echaquan is seen grimacing as nurses call her “stupid as hell”. “Are you done acting stupid? Are you done?” asked one nurse in French as Echaquan moaned in pain.

“You made some bad choices, my dear,” another nurse said. “What are your children going to think, seeing you like this?”

“She’s good at having sex, more than anything else,” the first nurse said.

Indigenous leaders say the video exposes the grim realities of systemic racism that have long gone ignored throughout the country.

“Discrimination against First Nations people remains prevalent in the health care system and this needs to stop,” the Assembly of First Nations national chief, Perry Bellegarde, said in a statement.

The Quebec premier, François Legault, condemned the actions of the staff, telling reporters at least one of the nurses had been fired.

But the premier rejected the notion that Echaquan’s death was representative of a broader problem of racism within Quebec, despite a public inquiry concluding the opposite.

“I really don’t think we have this kind of way of dealing with First Nations people in our hospitals in Quebec,” he said.

The province’s coroner office has announced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Echaquan’s death. The local health board is also investigating.

‘‘We will not tolerate any remarks of that type from our personnel,” the board said in a statement.

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Marc Miller, federal Indigenous services minister, extended his condolences to the community who were traumatized by the “gut-wrenching” video.

“This is the worst face of racism,” Miller told reporters. “This is someone who is at their most vulnerable. And they are dying, having heard racist words expressed towards them.”

Contrary to remarks by Legault, however, Miller said Echaquan’s death was reflective of broader barriers Indigenous peoples still face in Canada.

“This is not an isolated event,” said Miller, pointing to the case of a hospital in British Columbia, where staff allegedly bet on the blood alcohol content of incoming Indigenous patients.

For those who have experienced similar treatment to Echaquan’s, the video marked a jarring reminder of the inequities present within the country’s healthcare system.

“I’m not sure I can adequately explain how